Saturday, September 22, 2007

Champorado at Dilis

Hot champorado or sweet rice chocolate porridge and dilis or salted dried anchovies were served on our table or "meza" today for breakfast.
It really feels like fall season is here today. Why? Because it is windy, cold, raining and from our balcony we could see the top of the mountain covered with fog.

We have been anticipating rain since Friday morning but it didnt get here till late at night. So this morning we woke up with the sound of the rain falling hard outside. We dont normally hear it but I left our window open just a tad last nite for some air. We all heard it and we all got excited that finally the rain is here. It is time to have rain out here in the west, especially the southern part. Its been dry and muggy. So when it came late last nite and waking up to it, we were happy that it came. We all end up looking at the window and we're still not satisfied, we all got up and we opened our door and stood by the balcony to see it. Our son were excited the most in seeing it and hearing it falling hard. And then my husband and I started telling him some stories about when it rain in the Philippines it really pour really hard, harder than what he is seeing now. That sometimes you could see roofs flying around because of the heavy and hard rain and whistling wind. And he said " Oh, I want to see that". We, my husband and I both laughed. And we told him it is not a pretty sight to see. It is a story to tell now but being there during that time is not really good.

Ok, so much about that. Raining reminded us also of what good to eat backhome during this time. My husband was like.."hmmm sarap ang champorado ngayon ah". Well as a very doting wife, ofcourse whatever my husband wished for shall be granted. He is my master and I am his beautiful Genie...hahahaha joke. Anyway, he was craving for it and so am I. We happened to have some sweet rice, cocoa powder and some evaporated milk so champorado it is. And we just bought some dilis or dried salted anchovies yesterday so it would be perfect with the champorado.
Ingredients: 1 cup of sweet rice, two swiss cocoa powder (sachet), sugar, 5-6 cups of water and my secret ingredients cinnamon.

Procedure: Boil sweet rice until it looks like the grain have puffed with the cocoa powder when almost done, sprinkle some cinnamon (optional). Serve with milk and sugar on the side. Add milk and sugar according to taste. Side of "tuyo" or dilis is absolute the best side dish for this champorado. ( Vinegar with lots of siling labuyo and garlic can be used as the dipping sauce of the dilis).
Dilis: Simply deep fried till cook and serve hot with vinegar and "siling labuyo at bawang".

Comfort food from back home, time and time again is the only remedy for any home sickness.
Champorado is good for breakfast or snacks.

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